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Laurel (Laurus Nobilis)

An evergreen tree growing in European and Mediterranean countries, the laurel is cultivated for its leathery, lanceolate leaves and fruit.

The leaves are commonly called 'bay leaves' and they're used as a flavouring in cooking, but they're astringent and can also be used to stimulate digestion and relieve flatulence.

Using too many bay leaves, in cooking, can cause heart palpitations.

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